If you read my post about New Year (just here if you didn’t), you know that I try to spend every New Year’s Eve in a different country. This time, it was Germany and I traveled alone.
I didn’t want to rush myself and wanted to take my time so I spent 3 days in the same city instead of moving in differents cities like I sometimes do. It was so relaxing to spend time alone without any stress, any plan, any timetable or anything. Just, me, meeting a city for the first time.
I am not about to give you a specific itinerary that you can follow if you go to Köln. I clearly didn’t follow one. I’m just gonna share things I’ve seen and done during those 3 days. Keep in mind that I did everything by foot as, for me, it’s the best way to explore.
Impossible to miss it; it is absolutely huge. I was really impressed by it and went to observe it many times and took a lot of pictures. I went inside once but it was so crowded, I didn’t stay long.
New Year’s Eve
As I was traveling alone, I thought I would be spending New Year’s Eve alone as well but not exactly. There were a few concerts in front of the Cathedral followed by some fireworks so I thought it would be great to go. Only a few minutes after the concert started, a little group of people began to talk to me. We ended up singing, dancing and laughing until 3 am. I can now say that for the first time in my life, I spent New Year’s eve with complete strangers haha. I mean, if travelling is not about experiences, what is it about?
As usual, I hadn’t plan my visit but I knew there was a huge Christmas Market in front of the cathedral. Unfortunately, it was until the 23rd of December and I arrived the 30th. I was quite disappointed as I had seen beautiful pictures of it everywhere on the Web.
But, while wandering in the streets I found this : Heinzels wintermärchen. A winter market. I was so happy and it truly was magical. Not that big, but more than wonderful.
German classics; currywurst and glühwein were everywhere. I wish I could say I tasted them and they were delicious. The truth is I was petrified that people wouldn’t understand me as everything was written in German. Shame on me, I know. It does make a great excuse to go back in Germany though.
I love street art and it must be the only of the few things I look online before a trip : where to find street art. The Ehrenfeld quarter was the place to be. I don’t exactly know how much time I spent there, admiring the walls, taking pictures, looking at details and being amazed. But it clearly was a lot. I can’t really draw or paint anything so I am always impressed by what people can actually create. I would love being able to draw even a cat but let’s face it, I can’t without it looking like a potato.
The bridge leads to Köln Cathedral from Deutz and is famous for his love locks. Lovers fix locks on the bridge then throw the key into the Rhein river to prove their love to each other.
While crossing the bridge, I saw that some people had pictures of their locks and were trying to find it years later … How romantic! Especially for me, walking alone and single haha.
I love bumping into those streets were buildings make me think of a rainbow. Especially when the weather is grey, it is always nice to admire them for a few minutes. Sometimes, I just need to appreciate things like that to make me happy.
It’s a chain of bakeries and there were so many of them in Köln! I couldn’t stop myself but stare at the bretzels and berliners everytime I walked past one. Can I say it is one of my favourite places in Köln? #fatlife
“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.”
Rosalia de Castro
Have you ever been to Köln? Would you like to visit one day? Any tips for my next trip? Tell me everything in the comments section down below!
With love, Anaïs